CBS in Los Angeles does a feature on UFC fighter Jeff Newton making is Octagon debut this weekend…
(CBS) COSTA MESA, Calif. Take boxing, mix it up with a little karate, judo and jujitsu, throw in a little wrestling and kick boxing for flavor and the result is a recipe for the ultimate fight. For many, it’s the ultimate sport.
With a growing fan base and a hit show on the Spike Network, ultimate fighting is being taken seriously.
Take Jeff Newton. It’s just another day at the office for the Costa Mesa native. He holds a black belt in karate. And at 35 years old, he’s ready for an ultimate fight.
Ultimate fighting’s roots can be traced back to the original Olympic games in Athens. The sport blends various martial arts disciplines. It’s called mixed martial arts.
The UFC organized in 1993 while the sport was hugely popular overseas. It was slow to catch on here in the United States. In 2001, under new ownership, the mixed martial arts organization overhauled the sport to improve its image.
Four years later, ultimate fighting is a hot ticket.
Newton may be the poster boy for the new generation of ultimate fighters – he’s articulate, he’s a determined athlete and he has a likeable charm.
Newton’s first fight is in two weeks. Admittedly he doesn’t know how well it’s going to go, but he says the fact that he’s even able to step into the ring means he’s already a winner.